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Volume IV, Issue 32

Aug. 7 , 2017
Senators Collins, Murkowski Defend Nay Votes in ACA Repeal and Replace Vote
CNN reports on 8.4.17: Republican Senators Susan Collins <Maine> and Lisa Murkowski <Alaska> sat side-by-side in an exclusive joint interview with CNN's Dana Bash on Thursday, they steadfastly stood by their decisions to buck their own party's recent push on health care.

According to the CNN article:

Sen. John McCain <Arizona> joined the two women to vote against what was dubbed the "skinny repeal" bill to strip away key aspects of the Affordable Care Act -- essentially a last-resort option for Senate Republicans after other measures failed to advance. While very few senators were particularly thrilled about the legislation, they were hoping to at least pass it, then work with the House to improve it in a conference committee...But it wasn't good enough for Collins and Murkowski, and in a dramatic twist, McCain became the third Republican senator to vote no, effectively sinking the bill. They said they didn't know for sure how he was going to vote until he walked up to them on the floor after midnight at the late-night vote.
Healthcare Data Breaches Haven't Slowed Down in 2017   
Evan Sweeney reports for Fierce Healthcare on Aug 3, 2017:

If 2016 was a banner year for healthcare data breaches, 2017 is on pace to be just as bad, if not worse.

According to Mr. Sweeney:

Statistics compiled by several outlets paint a bleak picture of data security across the industry. A midyear report published by Protenus counted 233 breach incidents reported to the Department of Health and Human Services, on pace to exceed last year's total of 450...Healthcare was one of the hardest hit industries in the country during the first six months of the year...Hacking and ransomware attacks have grabbed headlines in recent months... <but> insider threats still play a predominate roll in healthcare breaches. According to Protenus, 41% of data breaches in 2017 were tied to insider error or wrongdoing.
President, VA secretary announce Veteran telehealth initiatives designed to provide greater access, care
According to an 8.3.17 blog post:

President Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin announced three initiatives that will expand access to health care for veterans across the country. Using telehealth technology and mobile applications, VA will connect with more veterans to provide services where they live.

"This will significantly expand access to care for our veterans, especially for those who need help in the area of mental health...and also in suicide prevention," Trump said. "It will make a tremendous difference for the veterans in rural locations."



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